March 27, 2013

Rhode Island city drops cussing cockatoo case

The Associated Press

WARWICK, R.I. — Warwick officials have dropped their case against the owner of a foul-mouthed cockatoo that hurled expletives at a neighbor.

Resident Lynn Taylor was fined $15 last year for violating the local noise ordinance after the neighbor complained about the bird's profane rants. The neighbor lived with Taylor's ex-husband.

Police tell WJAR-TV they recently dropped the case because of the cost of fighting Taylor's appeal of the fine. Officials say it was in the city's best interest not to use its resources to try to enforce a $15 citation.

Taylor appealed the fine to Providence Superior Court. Her lawyer says the noise ordinance is unconstitutional because it doesn't specify what constitutes a violation.

The local law prohibits residents from letting their pets habitually howl, bark or make other noises.

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